I took a quick trip out to Pazhou to visit the Canton Fair and a nearby construction project for the New York Times a few weeks ago.
The first time I visited the Canton Fair, many of the exhibitors were unfriendly or even downright hostile. On that visit, well over half a dozen exhibitors threw raging, inexplicable tantrums upon discovering me attempting to photograph in or around their exhibition booths. Luckily that has changed over the years; on this visit, people were certifiably friendly. Perhaps fair vendors have realized that harassing attendees may adversely effect public relations.